Box Office: Raavan opening day collections below expectation

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MUMBAI: Mani Ratnam’s Raavan has had a poor opening day at the box office. The movie was released in three versions – Hindi (Raavan), Tamil (Raavanan) and Telugu (Villain). The Hindi version of the movie has done net collections of Rs 60 million (Rs 6 crore) on day one across India.

On the other hand, the Tamil and Telugu versions of the movie took in combined net collections of approximately Rs 46 million (Rs 4.6 million) on the opening day.  

The Friday morning and afternoon shows had a poor response with average occupancy levels ranging between 20 – 40 per cent in smaller centers and around 40 – 60 per cent in centers like Mumbai and Pune.

As compared to the opening day collections of recent films like Raajneeti, Kites and Housefull, Raavan has proved to be a damp squib for the industry. While Raajneeti’s opening day net collections were Rs 105 million, Kites’ was Rs 104 million and that of Housefull was Rs 90 million.

It now remains to be seen how this Abhishek Bachchan – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer holds fort at the box office during the weekend.

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